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Alchemy Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Alchemy AleAlchemy Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by csiewert on 12-27-2010

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866
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3.6
pDev:
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Photo of Catracho5
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber pours bright, less than a finger head on the pour. Looks nice in the glass, some lacing.

Smell: Nice hop aroma for a pale ale, citrusy smell, pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Nice taste, citrus up front then a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: LIght, not too watery, resiny oily hop feeling, nice carbonation.

Overall: Good beer, it would make a great session beer, it surprised me with the aroma and taste.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a mix of citrus and hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some herbs, and spicy aromas, but the citrus and hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, citrus, malt, and spicy flavors, that make for an interesting and complex drink. I like the balance of the hops, malt, and citrus flavors. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long, and not too strong.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is a nice Pale Ale. So far my favorite beer from Widmer Brothers.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 5.8% abv.

Appearance- Transparent orange/amber with plenty of carbonation. Massive frothy head.

Smell- Orange peel with just a hint of malt. Citrus aroma is evident but not as apparent as a hoppier beer.

Taste- A clean malty flavor quickly transforms into a surprising and bitter finish. The hops were much more apparent in the taste than the smell. A touch of pine as well with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, but not a bad thing as the style is a pale ale, which are lighter than their hoppier counterparts. The high carbonation and clean finish allow this beer to be satisfying for how thin it is.

Overall- After the smell, the taste made up for the flavor. Lots of carbonation and good lacing too. Would be good if you were in the mood for an IPA during the Summer months due to easy drinkability.

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Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear light reddish amber with beautiful bubbles rising in the glass. A foamy white head.

The aroma has a strong note of graininess and toasty bready malt. Some floral and spicy hops.

The flavor has hints of orange and floral with big spicy hops but then moves onto again that yeasty breadiness and grainy notes that come from American Adjunct lagers. A good amount of drying and slightly bitterness of the finish. Woody and peppery hops on the finish, although with tinges of metallic notes.

The beer has positive notes of its breadiness, some drying and bitterness, tinges of hop flavors. However, it is paired with off putting notes from adjunct lagers. One of my first attempts at Widmer and a very poor one at that.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy bronzish-gold with random bubbles rising to a rocky, two-finger, off-white head. Head stays intact almost all the way down the glass and leaves behind multiple decently sized splotches of lacing.

S - A bit of apple cider on a sweet malt backbone. Dies down a bit once in the glass.

T - Apples and sweet malt upfront. The body is a near perfect balance of crisp earthy hop and apple notes and sweet, slightly caramel malt with just a hint of honey. Nothing drastic as the beer passes over the back of the tongue - just a slight increase in hop flavor. Dry apple cider finish.

M - Distinctly medium bodied with enough carbonation to give the beer a chewiness almost reminiscent of an IPA. Well done.

Alchemy Ale is one solid APA and I would get it again as an easily sessionable in the warmer months. The balance is fantastic and nails that sweet spot between just enough hop notes to make it interesting while still not being overwhelmingly sweet. Definitely, I could buy if you can find it cheap like I did.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright brass with loose off white froth that's gone in a flash.
Deep floral nectar and honey nose with some orange hard candy underneath.
Light country biscuit and apricot with Cascade-y hit of lemon zest, light pine and maybe lychee.
Papaya sorbet finish and sweet chutney linger.
Light only thinking of medium, flinty, round and soft.

Watery, too pale, underhopped for the strength, and lacking in complexity. It is soft, and I suppose it's balanced, only because the malts are blonde and muted, too. Widmer have the know how to do better; just not the will, seemingly. Not really sure what the character of the Alchemy blend is - C-hop lite? - but I don't feel the need to revisit it.

Entry level is a compliment.

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Photo of hardy008
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours hazy amber with a half finger off white head, with decent retention and lacing. Has citrus zest, floral hops, and bread in the aroma.

Tastes pretty much the same as it smells with citrus zest, floral hops, and bread malt. Tastes both bitter and bland at the same time.

Medium bodied and over carbonated. Has a bitter aftertaste. Not very good, and not worth trying again. I will pass on this in the future.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing is a testament to a "balanced" beer. It's a good beer. Although from the price point of around 10 (ten) dollars here in Connecticut, it just seems like a little too much when you have other beers around the same price that are more interesting. There is a good amount of citrus hops from the beer and a clean finish. A nice smell where you get notes of grapefruit from the hops. As for the taste I was a little disappointed from the lack of malt it had. It's a great beer when you just want to drink a regular beer, but if you are given the opportunity to either have something nice and simple and balanced and going for something a little bit more off the beaten path, I choose the more adventurous beer every time.

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Photo of Sprint
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll start by saying I'm not a big fan of American Pale Ales, but there have been some I liked. I like Widmer so I decided to give Alchemy a try...


I poured a little in a glass to have a look at it and drank the majority out of the bottle. Which wasn't much because I couldn't finish it.


Nice lazy straw color... soda like sudsy'ness.


Smelled citrisy to me... some esters


Taste...sadly club soda with excessive grapefruit rind...I was searching for some malt charicter and found none. It was pure bitter hoppiness with no floral aspect to that hopiness


Average mouthfeel for a pale ale.

i have to say I don't think I got a very fresh six-pack so that may have exacerbated the harshness but still will not get this beer again. I still have 5 others to try so we'll see.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: nice golden amber with over an inch of white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Citrus and hoppy with vanilla, caramel, banana and pineapple. Pretty floral as well.

T: Citrus for sure but predominantly grapefruit with the sort of bitterness that comes with it. Toasted bread, floral notes and burnt caramel.

M: Silky texture with nice carbonation and a short dry finish.

O: I really like this ale. Its very well balanced. I'm not always a fan of floral and hoppy notes but this one does a good job of keeping them toned down and drawing out the other flavors. Nice one!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored with an inch of white foam on top. I get some pine like hops in the aroma,but it seems subdued. The flavor is a bit mor straight forward with the hops. Definitely pine like hops and some light malt rounding out the flavor. Nice Brussels lacing on the glass. The mouth is a bit sticky with the hops.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/6/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and well balanced hop/malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, bread, toast, and floral on the finish for a bit. Good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a balanced hop/malt profile and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale ale. Good balance and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pulled from a tap into a standard pint

a: deep golden/light amber hue. pours a 1 finger foamy white head. settles slowly and not completely, leaving a persistent blanket of foam on the surface. fluffy peak and valley lacing.

s: sourdough bread. light hint of pine. a bit of lemon pith.

t: yeast and pine. lemon pith. very subtle hint of indistinct sweetness.

m: light and crisp. full bodied, not shallow. dry, bitter, citrusy finish that lingers on the palate throughout.

atmosphere is really strong. nice hue, solid head, and persistent lacing. light nose of pine and lemon citrus. crisp pine hop ace accentuated with citrus and sweet hint. overall this is a good quaff.

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Photo of saltymalty
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

As far as ales go, I just expect a lot more from Widmer. I think they did a great job on the color, and a decent job on the aroma but as far as flavor goes, It's a little too strong for an ale as far as I am concerned. I can still appreciate the brew however.

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Photo of YeastMode
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Frothy off white head rose quickly to the rim of the glass. Color was a amber-oakish tint.
S- Piney, citrusy smell. Earthy and natural.
T- Light and drinkable for a APA, robust hop not on the tongue at first which withers to a sublte sweetness. I found it to be lighter on the malt, but enough present to be appreciated.
M- Smooth and bright, moderately carbonated.

O- American Pale Ales are amongst my favorite of beer styles. Widmer did right by it with Alchemy. Not overbearingly hopped and the right amount of malt/carbonation make it a great entry-mid level craft drinkers Pale Ale.

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Photo of Act25
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APA IS A FAVE STYLE, SO YOU HAVE MY BIAS.

A: Above average, nice color, weight, carbonation, head and retention and lacing just ok.
... slightly hazy amber in color ...

S: Hops & malt well balanced in the nose, moderate aromas of citrusy hops, a bit of cat, and lots of bread.

T: Follows the smell, flavors of citrusy hops with plenty of flavorful, caramel malts and a nice long finish with a balanced blend of sweet & more bitterness. Nice.

M:Medium-bodied on the palate, as it should. Good body.

O: Solid APA. Must try. On the bready side with plenty of fresh hops.

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Photo of argock
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint glass at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber with a short cap of off-white lace with a good bit of scrappy lacing.

S: The aroma is reminiscent of Drifter Pale Ale but doesn't quite match the wonderful grapefruit and passionfruit citrus notes of that great Widmer brew of the past. There is a slight herbal and floral edge to the hoppiness which tempers the citrus qualities. The maltiness is a little bready and crackery but pretty much in the background. This beer would be well-served to develop more malt character given the hops have been decreaed with this iteration. Yeast character is very low.

T: The flavor is also reminscent of Drifter but again falls short although the hoppiness is more varied with more floral, orange citrus, and herbal/earthy character than Drifter. The malt component is still a little undercooked with some light caramel note but none of the more toasty malt character that is nice with this style and a more complex hops profile. Little to no yeast ester quality and the bitterness is moderate.

M: The body of this brew is firmly medium with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish.

O: I wish Widmer would revert back to Drifter although Alchemy is not at all bad, but just a little less hoppy and malt-complex comparatively.

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Photo of I3eck
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle -> Wine Glass

A: Burnt orange/amber, hazy, 1/2" white head, long stringy lacing.
S: Malt, white chocolate, dough/yeast, piney hops.
T: Malt chocolate, nice bitter hops, complex yet balanced.
M: Medium-full bodied, solid CO2, nice lingering flavor with a coating effect.
O: Solid brew. Great mix of hops, yeast, & malts. Love the balance and flavor of this beer. Great hoppy beer.

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Photo of Deanosaurus
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Dirt Cheap with 5 other random beers to try out this week. I was under the impression this was an IPA, or at least was told it was and it turns out as you see here that it is in fact an APA, good to know since it would have been very lacking as an IPA.

- Appearance (4/5)
Mildly cloudy golden caramel color. You can tell it's got hops just by the look.

- Smell (4.5/5)
About equivalent with the taste as far as hops go. Not a whole lot going on, but it doesn't punch you in the face like a lot of hoppy beers do.

- Taste (4.75/5)
Nice bitter tip with a rush of hops and a crisp finish that eases off like a regular ale. I'm not 100% sure if that is a characteristic of most APA's but it's a nice deviation.

- Mouthfeel (4.25/5)
Lightweight, so much so that this one is safe for high intake during the summer. It has the good full-bodied texture of hops without being so chewy that it isn't as refreshing as a lighter beer.

- Overall (4.25/5)
Well done. Definitely a more approachable beer for someone who is just learning what hops taste like individually without turning them away by being too bitter. Like a medium roast coffee to someone who has only ever had frappacinos.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden amber with three fingers of off white head. Head stays about ten minutes with fine lace.
Smell all bread malts.
Taste is bready malts with a push from the moderately bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.
Overall a nice APA. Not sure how old this is I suspect it is out of date. I will post an edited review if that is the case.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap- pours a slightly hazy, light amber color with about 1/3 inch foamy white head that has ok retention

Ar- some citrus, some pine, maybe some earth/grass

T- biscuity malt, slighty hoppy with that citrus and pine profile and that sort of grassy hop thing too.

M- medium bodied, normal carbonation

O- a well balanced APA with good flavor. It's just not a awesome APA, and that's ok.

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Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 Artisans Craft Beer Festival.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent white head.

S: Aroma of some citrus and fruit, A bit on the floral side.

T: taste of citrus, malt sweetness, fruit and a bit of grain. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: medium body, crisp and quite smooth.

O: Nice beer for the style

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some caramel. Taste is good, balanced, not overly hoppy but enough to make a presence. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is smooth and a beer I could drink several of.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant Beer Garden and eatery, enjoyed chilled from a stemmed glass.

The color is deep amber bordering on copper with mild haze with thick 2 finger white head which leaves a streaked lace pattern with small bead. The smell is great, tropical fruit, citrus and floral hop aromas with some mild malt esters. The feel is great, moderately high carbonation with moderate bitterness and the right sweetness level with no astringency and mild resinous hop texture with a semi-dry finish w/ no alcohol presence.

The taste is great, lots of hop vibrancy with moderate citrus and some slight tropical taste of grapefruit and slight orange element with a gentle malt sweetness adding some complexity to the great blend of hop flavors. The yeast adds a slight accent of toasted nuts with the finish leaving some residual bitterness on the tongue. Overall this is a great beer, I consider pale ale a great style for everyday quaffing yet the hop blend really shines in this ale. I would recommend this to those who like a more balanced Pale not an IPA in APA clothing.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into craft pint glass

A - 4 fingers of off-white foam over a transparent body of golden amber; lots of rising carbonation

S - lemon and floral notes

T - toasted wheat bread, lemon, peppery spice, floral hops, bone-dry finish

M - smooth medium body, high carbonation

O - Not bad. Tasty and refreshing.

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Alchemy Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.
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